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January 20th, 2014


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bobquasit
11:29 pm - Thanks to all!
I just wanted to thank everyone involved. It was a great con, and has been all these twenty-five years. It was great to see so many old friends, and to make new ones.

I just wish I didn't have to wait a year until the next one! Am I the only one who'd move to Arisia like a shot, if it were a country instead of a convention?

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From:sodyera
Date:January 21st, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
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After attending Arisias and Boskones, and Noreascons of about 5,000 people (someone check stats), I've thought of ARISIA as a winter-sized WorldCon. I was told that membership sold out this time at 3,600 people. That's big enough to take over a neighbourhood somewhere.

I could imagine living in a Fannish Village, provided it had public transit, was close to a park and/or a body of water, and within, or close to a Major Eastern City. Many fans have a good income base to make a group move to such a place possible. I personally would need affordable housing, and many fans would need disability accessibility. In exchange, I could perform some kind of local outreach and help manage the neighbourhood's psychic aura. If someone asked, I could help with design of public spaces, houses or street layouts. I don't know if Fanhaven ever came to fruition in Arizona, but the idea is not new.
With our large Jewish population, we could call it KIRIAS FIAWOL.


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From:bobquasit
Date:January 21st, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Interesting! I'd never heard of Fanhaven. I do remember hearing about a cohousing place somewhere in the Massachusetts or New England area which seemed to be pretty much made up of fen.

And friends have talked about creating a club or pub something where fen could go. It could have panels, events, movie nights, that sort of thing...sort of like Arisia, but more spread out over time.

Oh well. Maybe there will be a retirement home like that, when my time comes.
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From:sodyera
Date:January 22nd, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
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A bunch of friends my age are all getting to the phase of having to worry about each others' health. I think we're leading the mundane demographic of the future by gathering together as ageing roommates. My own roommate just spent 2 months in hospital.
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From:persis
Date:January 22nd, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
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I think you are thinking of Mosaic Commons and Camelot, two co-housing communities in MA on rt 495. And I do remember hearing about FanHaven in Arizona, I think Leslie Fish was involved with that. I am glad I saw you early on; I was busy in events space.


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